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A third stint for Brown at Tennessee

Kippy Brown is coming back to Tennessee ... for a third time.

A former assistant at Tennessee under John Majors and Phillip Fulmer, Brown has agreed in principle to join Lane Kiffin's staff as passing game coordinator and receivers coach. Kiffin and Brown met Tuesday night in Knoxville.

Brown didn't coach anywhere this season, but was with the Detroit Lions as assistant head coach and passing game coordinator in 2008. He coached for 16 seasons in the NFL. Before that, he worked at Tennessee under Fulmer in 1993-94 and under Majors from 1983-89.

Fulmer tried to hire Brown as his offensive coordinator when David Cutcliffe left for Duke following the 2007 season, but Brown stayed with the Lions after receiving a promotion.